Artist – Eija-Liisa Ahtila

Eija-Liisa Ahtila: Working flat out

She is an artist who uses the media of films, videos and still photographs. ‘Ahtila tells stories, usually about flawed relationships, failing families, the things that drive people apart and drive them insane.’

Her images are often haunting and really draw you in. They remind me a lot of the photographer Gregory Crewdson, and even Sam Taylor-Wood (although I fine Sam’s works mostly atmospheric and static whereas Eija tends to go beyond that.)

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I really love the layout of this film. The way its split into 3 screens so that it feels like you are getting a slightly different perspective of the same scenario. Also the way Eija uses text within the film, and the sound she chooses to mute. A lot of thought has gone into loads of aspects of the film which is something I feel I could consider more in my own films. Not so sure about the acting though, it seems a little inauthentic but maybe thats what she was going for.

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